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New cosplay! 

I made Kahvi from ElfQuest for Desucon Frostbite ^^ I’ve been wanting to cosplay from ElfQuest for the longest time, and I needed something quick to make for the convention. Now that I finally managed to find a decent yellow winter fabric for it too.

I had a small photoshoot on Sunday, so I’m actually getting a few nice photos to share of this soonish (going to share them later). I’m still going to add the hip armor and the baubles to the gloves but I didn’t have time for them before the con. And the best part is that I decided what to leave out based on what’s left out on some of the pages lol

Here’s the weekly graphic novel round-up!

VALERIAN Vol. 1

This first volume of the collection contains books 1 and 2 of the series: The City of Shifting Waters – in its original two-part, 9 pages longer format – and The Empire of a Thousand Planets. It also includes book 0, Bad Dreams, translated into English for the first time: the very first adventures of our two heroes, published after City and retroactively numbered. Finally, linking the volumes of this collection together, a long, exclusive interview with the authors and director Luc Besson is illustrated with new art as well as numerous sketches, studies and photographs from the latter’s upcoming big-screen adaptation.

ELFQUEST: The Final Quest Vol. 3

The late Angrif Djun’s destructive fleet looms closer, seeking to wreak havoc on the elves and any humans that stand defiant. Rayek, influenced by the dark, dangerous spirit of Winnowill, fights back and fights for control of his very nature. And the Wolfriders fight to track down their chief who’s own spirit hangs in the balance.

Winner of the Golden Pen Award from the Young Adult Advisory Committee!

Collects: ElfQuest: The Final Quest #13 -18

SHE-HULK Vol. 1: Deconstructed

Collects Hulk #1-6.

Jennifer Walters has survived the second Civil War…barely. But, having risen from the rubble, she re-enters the world a very different kind of hero. Fueled by a quiet rage, she is determined to move forward, to go on with her life - but the pain of the past and all that she’s lost is always there. An undercurrent, a pulse waiting to quicken -and trigger Jen’s transformation into the one thing she doesn’t have control over…

DEATHSTROKE Vol. 2: The Gospel of Slade

Slade Wilson is a man without a family…and without a purpose. Now he must pick up the pieces of his shattered life and fight to regain the killer’s edge.

To do it, he’ll test his mettle against the Man of Steel himself-Superman, who’s been tasked with taking him down. He’ll journey back into the past, to the first mission he and his old ally Wintergreen ever worked on together. He’ll take to the streets of Chicago, where a series of murders brings him face-to-face with the madcap hero called the Creeper. And he’ll navigate a menagerie of mercenaries, from Red Lion to Raptor. He’ll even power through the pain with the help of Power Girl.

Will Wilson pull himself together? Or has Deathstroke reached his point of termination?

ADVENTURE TIME Vol. 1: The Ooorient Express

Candy, suspicious conductors, and weird science make up this all-new Adventure Time original graphic novel written by Jeremy Sorese (Curveball, Steven Universe) and illustrated by Adventure Time veteran Zachary Sterling. Don’t miss out on this action-packed journey based on the award-winning show on Cartoon Network! Lady Rainicorn has come down with a case of taffy fever and there is nothing Jake can do to help her. After many failed attempts with Princess Bubblegum, Finn and Jake learn of a special cure that can help Lady Rainicorn get back to normal. The catch? They will have to travel on the Ooorient Express on an infamous train ride that no one returns from…

another thing about ElfQuest...

I really think my favorite part of ElfQuest was the concept of Recognition. Not because the “destined soulmates at first sight” thing has never been done before or since, but because of how thoughtfully the series addressed it.

We had one couple (Cutter and Leetah) that fell into the classic mode where they initially hated that they’d bonded but wound up falling in love and forming a lasting relationship.

We had one couple that Recognized, were not happy about it, and decided to move on with their lives independently.

And we had one couple that did not Recognize but nevertheless had one of the most romantic and lasting relationships of the whole series and wound up claiming everything Recognition was supposed to give them for themselves anyway.

This is Nightfall:

And this is Redlance:

(he’s growing seeds with his mind!)

And this is from my favorite scene, wherein the generally nonviolent Redlance just had to warp his plant powers to fight a bunch of trolls:

And Nightfall (who just got back from a battle in full plate armor) tells him:

I am the sword, the spear, the arrow. You are the flower, the tree, the vine. Never will I, or anyone, force you to be other than what you are. Never again.”

….Seriously, people, look at these cuties:

Taking ElfQuest from the top for the first time in years. Right in issue #1, we get to meet the trolls, who, uh, let’s see…

  • are characterized as being greedy and dishonest
  • live apart from the others, and are portrayed as selfish in their isolationism
  • are all fabulously wealthy and materialistic but hoard their jewels and gold for themselves
  • have a vague and unspecified religion that appears strange to the protagonists, who then desecrate a sacred object of theirs and are rewarded for it by the narrative,
    and
  • all have really notably large / hooked noses.

Sounds familiar… oh, yeah, that’s an anti-Semitic caricature, isn’t it.

I don’t necessarily place the FULL blame on the Pinis here; “generic anti-Semitic caricature trolls / goblins / dwarves / other fantasy race” is a pretty damn common fantasy trope; they could have just been borrowing from the mainstream fantasy hive mind without realizing the full implications of the tropes they were using, but this is still… gross.  

My Crossovers

Occasionally I do Crossovers. Most are rather short, usually a little goofy. Some are unapologetically inspired by conversations with my kid. 

I find that Doctor Who, Supernatural and Star Trek all lend themselves quite easily to such things because their OWN CANON makes it possible.

In regards to the shorter ones - even if you’re only familiar with one of the fandoms, I always hope folks will try them anyway. I try to put enough information into them so that you’re not lost.

Doctor Who Crossovers:

  • Running Boldly Forward - 6665 words, Star Trek : Original Series and Next Generation
  • Katie Powers Adventure in Time and Space - 13125 words, Marvel’s Power Pack (Part 1)
  • Colliding Worlds - 54009 words - Supernatural, canon divergent season 11
  • You stole My line - 2888 words - Supernatural, A series of Codas
  • The Next Big Adventure - 10231 words, Marvels’ Power Pack (Part 2)
  • Route 66 (ON HIATUS) 32995 words (Supernatural, Torcwhood, Colliding Worlds (Part 2)

Other Crossovers - with Superntural

Bonus: (not quite a crossover)

The Church of the Holy MacGyver  Star Trey Beyond - 1027 words (of pure crack. so i have been assured. :P)

@jazzforthecaptain  since you asked about my crossovers - this list has more than you asked for, but i figured it’s probably a good idea to make a compilation list for all my oddball stuff anyway and I could kill 2 birds with one stone. :D

EDITED because I forgot one - whoops!

Adding - Tags (While most of these are older stories, they were posted before I implemented a tagging system so my apologies if you would have rather not been tagged in this post)

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